The first loop.

I drew my pattern, The Fox and the Grapes (my third Aesop design), on linen months and months ago.  I did have other projects to do that had deadlines, so I kept putting off starting this piece.  But that’s not the only reason this was pushed back.  I just couldn’t find the impetus to get me going.  I needed a kick in the pants, but it just wasn’t there. 

Are you familiar with the Chinese saying, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”?  Well I have my own saying, “a hooked rug begins with the first loop”.  It’s true.  All I have to do is just start pulling loops and then I’m off to the races.

What I love about hooking a wall-hanging, as opposed to a floor rug that will be walked on, is that I can incorporate other techniques that might be a bit fragile.  In this case, I decided to make quillies for the grapes.  For those non-rug hookers, a quillie is made by holding two or more wool strips on their edge and rolling them up jellyroll style.  I am sewing the quillies together as clumps of grapes and then I’ll sew them onto the linen.  The background will then be hooked around them.  I’ll probably do other techniques on this piece just for fun.

I have no deadline for this piece, but now that I have pulled the first loop, it shouldn’t take too long to finish.  Then what?  Another project looms on the horizon, I’m sure.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the possibilities in a new project.

The beginning of The Fox and the Grapes.  A magpie looks down on the fox.

The beginning of The Fox and the Grapes.  A magpie looks down on the fox.

A quillie in progress.

A quillie in progress.